Anwar gets rousing welcome in Brickfields


Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim embarked on a walkabout in Brickfields last night to a welcoming crowd.

He arrived at the iconic elephant fountain and was immediately greeted with an Indian dance and fireworks.

His daughter Lembah Pantai Member of Parliament, Nurul Izzah Anwar, Batu MP Tian Chua, Subang MP R. Sivarasa, Bukit Bintang MP Fong Kui Lun and PKR vice president N. Surendran were also presented.

During his walkabout to meet shopowners, an elderly woman held Anwar’s hand and insisted to give him ang pow ahead of Deepavali this Wednesday.

The PKR de facto chief also appeared to be accustomed to Indian culture, as he moved his body to the Indian songs playing throughout the one-hour event.

He also dropped in at a Indian restaurant to have dinner.

Education revamp and equality top people’s wish list

A clothing booth operator, who wants to be known as Satiya, said she was able to shake Anwar’s hand and found him a very nice person.

“I hope if he one day become prime minister, he can be equal to all races and unite all of us,” she said.

S. Selva said Anwar in person appears to be different from what are reported in newspapers.

“No doubt the paper is one-sided, but we have to meet the man to see his reflections,” he said.

If Anwar is given a chance to rule the country, Selva thinks that he should revise the New Economic Policy which favours a single ethnic.

“We still practice Apartheid in this country, we are largely segregated in many aspects,” he said.

Restaurant patrons, K. Morgan and M. Kallappan said they are in full support of Anwar, who appeared to be a cheerful man to them.

“He must remember to give allocations to all types of schools and spread equal rights to all races if he ever takes over Putrajaya,” they said.

Foreign shop assistant Kumar said he was told that Anwar changed his views on the Indian after he was helped by an Indian in jail.

“Despite the authorities putting him through so much, he still fights,”

“I think the people in Malaysia should give him a chance,” said the self-confessed political-buff.